19 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essays

19 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essays

They’re all over your Facebook feed, and for good reason. Personal essays by popular authors and novices alike are relatable, engrossing reads.

Sometimes, their heart-wrenching reflections stay with you for days.

For reporters or academics, it can be hard to step back from research rituals and write from personal experience. But a personal essay can endear you to an audience, bring attention to an issue, or simply provide comfort to a reader who’s “been there.”

“Writing nonfiction is not about telling your story,” says Ashley C. Ford, an essayist who emphasized the importance of creating a clear connection between your personal experience and universal topics. “It’s about telling interesting and worthy stories about the human condition using examples from your life.”

But don’t worry if your life doesn’t seem exciting or heart-wrenching enough to expound upon; think of it as writing through yourself, instead of about yourself. “There are few heroes and even fewer villains in real life,” she said. “If you’re going to write about your human experience, write the truth. It’s worth it to write what’s real.”

Where to submit your personal essays

Once you’ve penned your essay, which publications should you contact? We’ve all heard of — and likely submitted to — The New York Times’ Modern Love column, but that’s not the only outlet that accepts personal narratives.

“Submit to the places you love that publish work like yours,” Ford advises, but don’t get caught up in the size of the publication. And “recognize that at small publications you’re way more likely to find someone with the time to really help you edit a piece.

To help you find the right fit, we’ve compiled a list of 20 publications that accept essay submissions, as well as tips on how to pitch the editor, who to contact and, whenever possible, how much the outlet pays.

We’d love to make this list even more useful, so if you have additional ideas or details for these publications or others, please leave them below in the comments!

1. Boston Globe

The Boston Globe Magazine Connections section seeks 650-word first-person essays on relationships of any kind. It pays, though how much is unclear. Submit to magazine@globe.com with “query” in the subject line.

Must-read personal essay:Duel of the Airplane-Boarding Dawdlers,” by Art Sesnovich

2. Extra Crispy

Send your pitches about breakfast, brunch, or the culture of mornings to submissions@extracrispy.com or the editor of the section you’re pitching. Pay appears to be around 40 cents per word.

Must-read personal essay: Gina Vaynshteyn’s “When Dumplings Are Resistance

3. Dame Magazine

This publication is aimed at women over 30. “We aim to entertain, inform, and inspire,” the editors note, “But mostly entertain.” Send your pitch to editorial@damemagazine.com. Pay varies.

Must-read personal essay: “I Donated My Dead Body to Give My Life Purpose,” By Ann Votaw

4. Full Grown People

Essays — 4,000 words max — should have a “literary quality.” Include your work in the body of your email to make it easy for the editor to review, and send to submissions@fullgrownpeople.com. No pay.

Must-read personal essay: “Call My Name” by Gina Easley.

5. Kveller

Want to write for this Jewish parenting site? To submit, email info@kveller.com with “submission” somewhere in the subject line. Include a brief bio, contact information, and your complete original blog post of 700 words max. Suggested word count is 500-700 words. The site pays $25 per post.

Must-read personal essay: B.J. Epstein’s “How I’m Trying to Teach Charity to My Toddler

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6. Luna Luna

A progressive, feminist magazine that welcomes all genders to submit content. Email your pitch or full submission. There’s no pay, but it’s a supportive place for a first-time essayist.

Must-read personal essay:My Body Dysmorphia, Myself” by Joanna C. Valente

7. New Statesman

This U.K. magazine has a helpful contributor’s guide. Unsolicited submissions, while rarely accepted, are paid; if an editor likes your pitch, you’ll hear back in 24 hours.

Must-read personal essay: The Long Ride to Riyadh,” by Dave Eggers

8. The New York Times

The popular Modern Love feature accepts submissions of 1,700 words max at modernlove@nytimes.com. Include a Word attachment, but also paste the text into your message. Consult the Times’ page on pitching first, and like Modern Love on Facebook for even more insight. Rumor has it that a successful submission will earn you $250. (Correction added Oct. 9, 2014: Payment is $300, The New York Times writes on its Facebook page.)

Amy Sutherland’s column, “What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,” which ran in 2006, landed her a book contract with Random House and a movie deal with Lionsgate, which is in preproduction. “I never saw either coming,” Sutherland said.

Another option is the Lives column in the New York Times Magazine. To submit, email lives@nytimes.com.

Must-read personal essay: When a Couch is More Than a Couch” by Nina Riggs

9. Salon

Salon accepts articles and story pitches to the appropriate section with “Editorial Submission” in the subject line and the query/submission in the body of the email. Include your writing background or qualifications, along with links to three or four clips.

“I was compensated $150 for my essay,” says Alexis Grant, founder of The Write Life, “but that was several years ago. All in all, working with the editor there was a great experience.” Who Pays Writers reports average pay of about 10 cents per word.

Must-read personal essay:I Fell in Love with a Megachurch,” by Alexis Grant

10. Slate

Indicate the section you’re pitching and “article submission” in your subject line, and send to slateoffice@slate.com. Average reported pay is about 23 cents per word.

Must-read personal essay: Justin Peters’ “I Sold Bill Murray a Beer at Wrigley Field

11. Slice

Each print issue has a specific cultural theme and welcomes both fiction and nonfiction. Stories and essays of 5,000 words max earn up to $250. Review periods are limited, so check their submission guidelines to make sure your work will be read with the next issue in mind. Submit online.

Must-read personal essay: Fire Island,” by Christopher Locke

12. The Billfold

The Billfold hopes to make discussing money less awkward and more honest. Send your pitch to notes@thebillfold.com. Who Pays Writers notes a  rate of about 3 cents per word, but this writer would consider the experience and exposure to be worth the low pay.

Must-read personal essay: The Story of a F*** Off Fund,” by Paulette Perhach

13. Motherwell

Motherwell seeks parenting-related personal essay submissions of up to 1200 words. Submit a full piece; all contributors are paid.

Must-read personal essay: “The Length of the Pause” by Tanya Mozias Slavin

14. The Bold Italic

This publication focuses on California’s Bay Area. Strong POV and a compelling personal writing style are key. Pay varies. Email producers@thebolditalic.com.

Must-read personal essay:The San Francisco Preschool Popularity Contest,” by Rhea St. Julien

15. Bustle

Submit essays of 800-2000 words to this lifestyle site geared toward women. Pay averages about 5 cents per word.

Must-read personal essay:Is Picky Eating An Eating Disorder?” by Kaleigh Roberts

16. The Rumpus

Focuses on essays that “intersect culture.” Submit finished essays online in the category that fits best. Wait three months before following up.

Must-read personal essay:Not a Widow” by Michelle Miller

17. The Penny Hoarder

This personal-finance website welcomes submissions that discuss ways to make or save money. Read the guidelines before emailing your submission. Pay varies.

Must-read personal essay: This Family’s Drastic Decision Will Help Them Pay Off $100K in Debt in 5 Years” by Maggie Moore

18. Tin House

Submit a story or essay of 10,000 words max in either September or March. Wait six days before emailing to check the status of your submission. Cover letters should include a word count and indicate whether the submission is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Pay varies.

Must-read personal essay:More with Less,” by Rachel Yoder

19. Narratively

Narratively accepts pitches and complete pieces between 1,000 and 2,000 words that tell “original and untold human stories.” Pay averages 6 cents per word.

Must-read personal essay: What Does a Therapist Do When She Has Turmoil of Her Own?” by Sherry Amatenstein

Still looking for ideas? Meghan Ward’s blog post, “20 Great Places to Publish Personal Essays,” is worth perusing. MediaBistro also offers a section called How to Pitch as part of their AvantGuild subscription, which has an annual fee of $55.

This post originally ran in October 2014. We updated it in December 2016.

Have other ideas or details to add? Share with us in the comments!

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  • Wow, excellent list! But no mention of Huffington Post. They don’t pay but the exposure is excellent, esp some of thei subcategories like Huff/Post50.

      • Polina says:

        Are these US -only? Does anyone know of any such a range for UK?

        • Lisa Rowan says:

          Hi Polina,
          Each publication will vary, although I’ve heard that many will accept submissions from around the world!
          Good luck,
          Lisa Rowan

          • Ms. Ngan says:

            Thanks a lot to Lisa and the writelife website.
            I’m a new writer, I’ve just finished writing a personal true life story about my mom who’s passed away in 1995. We are Chinese. I was educated in United States decades ago, still here.
            Would Write Life like to receive a small part of my mom’s story as submission, if so, how much will I get paid?!

          • Lisa Rowan says:

            Hi there,
            We don’t accept submissions like yours, but one of the publications mentioned in this post may be happy to receive your work!
            Good luck,
            Lisa Rowan

          • Anurag says:

            Thank you so much for this information. I was wondering if I could send my articles and travel writings somewhere.

          • This list is very helpful Lisa Rowan and thanks. I would like to add http://www.nuwla.com if I may to this list. It’s a platform I created for regular people in the black community to submit content to inspire and inform the black community diaspora. We launched on December 15, 2015.

          • Mam I’m from India and very enthusiast to write of any topics like as essay or books.but so far have no idea where I pushed to select one of the best platform where this can get select it for all.
            As I here want to know give me email or website where I can write personally on about Nature as I topics is “Neighbour of the water”.in that title I am written about 500+words.this is based on short story so that it can published any of journal or more like I appraise or got fame…plz help me in this regard.Thanks!
            My email kumardev100@gmail.com

          • Arya Jha says:

            Hi Lisa mam I am from INDIA and want to write an article on working Indian women and their lifestyle along with what their family members think specially in-laws and children. Well I just want to know whether such article will be accepted if I apply in any of the INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINES.

    • Dana Kobernick says:

      Thanks for this great list, Alexis!
      Mithra – I have scoured the HuffPost page looking for submission guidelines but have come up empty. The “Send us a blog-pitch” link is not working either. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • mishi says:

      Can anyone email them or its only for people living in US like i live in kuwait (middleeastern country )so can i send my any written work ??

      • Hello Mishi,
        In response to your questions about submitting to the Huffington Post, you might be interested in this link explaining how things have recently changed for prospective bloggers/contributors to the Huffington Post. http://www.carefulcents.com/get-published-on-the-huffington-post/

        I myself was invited to blog for them a little over a year ago, following an article of mine that their “blogging editor” came across in another publication. Per this link, https://contributor.huffingtonpost.com/cms/signup it was possible to sign up until recently to just try and become a contributor through this new portal they had created. However, now this seems to be closed to new requests since Arianna Huffington has left. Things seem to be evolving, so my only suggestion is just to keep tabs on it, write to editors, try and make an inroad. Frustrating, yes. Good luck!

  • Annie says:

    Thanks for the great list!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the list and valuable information. I will be making some pitches to these publication real soon. 😉

  • julie says:

    The Write Life continually surprises me. There’s always very informative & useful content 🙂

  • Alexis Grant says:

    Hi Julie — Thanks! I am obsessed with this post… I’m going to use it to place some pieces of my travel memoir. Kudos to Lisa for putting together such a valuable list!

    Alexis Grant
    Founder of TWL

    • Gai Reid says:

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU LISA! I have been searching for months for this sort of guidance. I write travel based narratives, but so many magazines are looking for “round ups” and other helpful articles, it was feeling like good old story telling was being sent to the sidelines. I think I’m now obsessed too Alexis! Time to get pitching.
      Good luck everyone.

  • Hattie says:

    To add to the list: Creative Nonfiction! We’re always reading and often are looking for personal essays on specific themes. We’re just about to announce some new calls for submissions. https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions

    • Alexis Grant says:

      Thanks so much for this idea, Hattie! (P.S. Love your name — that’s one that runs in my family!)

    • Lisa says:

      Ooh, another good addition. Thanks for chiming in!

      • Lucinda says:

        hi Lisa,

        my name is Lucinda and I am 10 years old. I am a Passionate writer an I can tell anyone that finding websites that I can post my stories on can take me months but now you have posted these websites I can finally find the perfect website to post my stories on
        so from the bottom of my heart I thank you Lisa
        thank you

    • angela says:

      It’s worth mentioning that there is a $25 fee to SUBMIT to Creative Nonfiction. I know it’s a reputable magazine and many writers would love to be included in their fine collection of personal essays, but I find this fee offensive. There are many of us writers willing to write and submit for free for the exposure alone but to have to PAY to even be considered? Shame on them.

  • Helpful list! Thanks, Lisa.

  • Sabita says:

    This is such an awesome list, particularly because it’s well-supported by sample essays against each publication.

    Just today, i put my personal story to pitch as a guest post, and here i’m with such a wonderful list.

    I just loved it Lisa. Thanks for putting it all together.

  • Janet Singer says:

    Great suggestions. Thank you! I’m trying to get the word out about my upcoming book, Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery, and essays are a great way to do that!

  • Thanks for this list, I’ll definitely pursue writing a personal essay. I’ve got some ideas that I’d like to develop.

    I’m from the UK and you mentioned The New Statesman, do you know of any other British sites that accept personal essays? Or do you think a US site would give me a chance?

    • Lisa says:

      Don’t limit yourself when submitting—if sites or pubs want writers from a certain location only, they should specify in their submission guidelines. Especially in our technological state of being able to work from around the world, your location shouldn’t be an issue!

      • Thank you for the encouragement.

      • rossana parsons says:

        Hi Lisa,
        Loved your article. I am looking for an outlet that would accept a piece I’ve written concerning a right-leaning political view of things. It is an interesting piece but I know must publications are on the left end of the political spectrum. Any ideas?

        • Thanks for your question, Rossana. I don’t know of any outlets off the top of my head, but many are interested in diverse ideas and opinions, so I wouldn’t write off all the publications on this list. Another option would be to ask the members of our Facebook community — they may have some ideas!

          TWL Assistant Editor

          • Lorri Cotton says:

            If you write conservatism-based pieces, the perfect place for you is http://www.conservativepushcoalition.com
            They are a brand new website that is less than 3 months old and they already have 250,000/day, and it’s growing rapidly. They don’t pay for the first 10 articles, but after that, they do. We are always looking for more like-minded writers to join us. Find us on facebook at Conservative Push Group and one of the editors/staff will direct you on how to get started. The site primarily supports Ted Cruz, but that’s only one facet. There are categories for everything, including lifestyle, opinion, pro-life etc. Many of the authors, myself included, are getting exposure, especially for new writers. The writing on the site is exquisite and we are all like a family. Come on by and check us out. I can’t wait to see what you submit. 🙂

    • Dear Rossana:
      try Pick – Me – Up Magazine. They have a digitized version, too.

  • Margery says:

    Your list was very helpful-thanks!

  • Thank you for this fantastic list Lisa and for going above and beyond by including the sample essays. This is a very valuable post.

  • Jeff Peterson says:


    I’m not quite sure if I’m here in the right forum (but since I’m here, I may as well continue!)

    I’m fairly new to ‘online’ writing (I have a total of 10 articles submitted and published online, through 3 different sites). At some point in time here, though, I hope to bring my writing to a bit of a ‘higher’ level.

    I have a cousin that has had quite a colorful history in employment, and life in general, and I am pondering writing about some of these events. He has been an underwater welder (and had gotten the ‘bends’ at one time); he’s been a logger here in the rugged U.P. of Michigan (and still does this in his “off” time), and is an airline pilot at Spirit Airlines now (current, but pretty much in the retirement side of his career).

    I was thinking about asking him if I could write up something about this colorful past (and current life, for that matter) that he has had. Can you offer any ideas or advice about this?

    Any help would be appreciated. I don’t really know where I want to go, or can go, from this point.

    Thank you for your time.


    Jeff Peterson

    • Lisa says:

      Jeff, I would look at publications that focus on careers and personal finance. I’ve written a few pieces for The Billfold, which is anything-goes when it comes to jobs, making ends meet, interesting careers, and so on. I always find myself chuckling at The Billfold, too.

      It sounds like he’s done a bit of traveling to participate in these lines of work, so you might consider travel sites or regional publications. Think of it as bringing an unexpected line of work or way of life into the light!

      Good luck- sounds like fun!

  • Jee Ann says:

    There’s also Global Comment, where they accept a lot of different articles, including personal essays. They pay $50 for featured posts.

  • Adina says:

    Helpful list! I would add medium.com, it has great stories!

  • Karin says:

    Also, the Guardian has “The One That Got Away” – “Do you have one that got away? Send your story of lost love to mind@theguardian.com and we’ll publish the best.” http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/aug/23/the-one-that-got-away-david-sedaris

  • Gloria says:

    awesome list. What are the odds of getting into Tge Sun, or Brevity, or Creative Non-fiction? This is a great place to start. Thank you.

  • You might want to add “Ducts.org” to your list. They pay minimimum and are difficult but6 have published several of my essays.

    • Thanks for sharing, William!

      TWL Assistant Editor

    • Carol Weis says:

      Hi William ~ I just submitted a piece to Veronica Chao at the Globe for the Connections column. How quickly did she/they get back to you after submission?

      • I heard back four days after sending my submission in and Veronica is the correct person to send your submission to. What I loved was the custom artwork that goes with your piece. Good luck!

        • Carol Weis says:

          Thanks, William! I sent it four days ago, but know she just got promoted to Editor of the Sunday Magazine, so I’m hoping her response-time was pushed back and that I’ll still hear from her. I read your Connections piece. I can see why it was accepted. Wonderful writing and such a fresh idea!

    • bright says:

      hello william, thanks for your post. I’ve a piece i’ll love to send to Global connection but i don’t know how to start because this is my first and i want to make it right. Can u help me pls.

  • Fantastic list and resource. Thank you!

  • Val says:

    We are always looking for great writers as well at BonBon Break. http://www.bonbonbreak.com/submissions

  • I just finished a personal essay. Thank you for the super list. I love the other magazines chiming in with a call for submissions.

  • April C. says:

    Great list, thanks!

  • kathykate says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! Best thing about writers, is they share resources and connections. I’m about to take leap from invisible blog to real world, and so appreciate this source!

  • Kaila says:

    Thanks so much, Lisa. Just had a piece published on kveller – http://www.kveller.com/blog/parenting/when-naming-your-child-after-a-loved-one-is-just-too-painful/. Thanks for giving me the idea of where to submit my piece!

  • Sandra says:

    This is a great resource; thank you! You may want to add The Manifest-Station to your list. Jennifer Pastiloff is the creator of this writing venue and she has a respectable following. The Elephant Journal is good, too: http://www.elephantjournal.com/, as well as, Rebel Society: http://www.rebellesociety.com. These sites may not be as big as some of those on your list, but they provide quality essay submission opportunities and exposure.

  • Alexis Grant says:

    I saw this announcement and wanted to add it here as a resource — Looks like Southwest’s magazine is now accepting pitches for personal essays:


    • John says:

      I am looking for a blogger who can write my article and get it published to two or three of the sites you listed and maybe some others. Where can i find someone for this?

  • What a wonderful list. I am not sure if you know about Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers – we publish — and pay for — personal essays in print and online. http://www.brainchildmag.com

  • Katerina says:

    New platform for storytellers Inkspired is looking for writers. Publish you short story at https://getinkspired.com

  • Hi Heather-

    Thank you for the great list! Please include Mothers Always Write, a new online literary magazine accepting essays about the parenting experience. Our writers’ guidelines can be found at http://mothersalwayswrite.com/writers-guidelines/

    Thank you!

    Juli Palumbo

  • Jenée Libby says:

    So valuable I’m PRINTING THIS ARTICLE out, and hanging it on my bulletin board. Thank you ever so much! 🙂

  • s.belmonte says:

    Update on Tin House:

    We no longer read unsolicited submissions by authors with no representation. We will continue to accept submissions from agents. Please send fiction, memoir, and/or nonfiction manuscripts to:

    Tin House Books
    2617 NW Thurman St.
    Portland, OR 97210


    Meg Storey, Editor (meg@tinhouse.com)
    Tony Perez, Editor (tony@tinhouse.com)
    Masie Cochran, Editor (masie@tinhouse.com

  • Johnny says:

    I didn’t realize that there were places in which I could sell me essays. It would be nice to have them edited before getting them published. I would want to publish them with any mistakes. This is a great resource. Thanks for sharing.

  • Des Parker says:

    Hi Lisa, Thank you for that list. I am a spare time novelist with only one ebook out so far and I never really thought about freelancing articles but thanks to your post, now I will.

    I saw your post about The Mix (http://thewritelife.com/personal-essay-the-mix) and something resonated with me so I gave it a shot. Thanks for the inspiration, I always enjoy your posts.

  • Gabriel Njonjo Kahato says:

    Thanks for the suggestions

  • Joni says:

    This has been incredibly helpful, thank you. It’s also a good idea to submit to local publications, less of a contest to get noticed.

  • Lisa says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for the article- very useful! Perhaps I’m missing something here, but I can’t seem to find any contact information for Buzzfeed’s Buzzreads. Would love to submit, if anyone has any additional info, it would be much appreciated! Thanks!!

  • Alexis Grant says:

    Another great first-person opportunity from Vox: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/12/8767221/vox-first-person-explained

    Doesn’t say how much they pay, but they do explain how to pitch.

  • Carrie says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post! I love that you took the time to recommend an essay from each. It’s so helpful.

  • Robert Hulme says:

    This may sound like a dumb question. But are all these options also open to UK writers. I ask because I notice that with the exception of The New Statesman everything seems to be American.

    • Lisa Rowan says:

      While most of these outlets are American, they typically accept submissions from around the world. If a publication limits submissions to one country/region/etc., they’re likely to state it very clearly in their submissions info.

      TWL Team

      • Rebecca says:

        I do find it’s not always clear if they accept international submissions. I guess all the regional magazines want US writers only?

  • Victoria says:

    Can you submit the same article to multiple publications? Also thanks for the list!

    • Lisa Rowan says:

      It depends on the publication. Some specify whether simultaneous submissions are permitted. If you’re not sure, I recommend submitting to one publication at a time instead of a handful at once.

      TWL Team

  • This is a great list – thx. I plan to make some submissions right now.

    Because of the raw, personal nature of what I write, I blog many of my best essays under a pseudonym. Are these venues typically OK with accepting a submission under a pen-name? It is sort of necessary to maintain my job and my family relationships.

    — Charley (but that’s not my real name)

    • Lisa Rowan says:

      Charley, it’s definitely an outlet-by-outlet preference, but I doubt most will state that on their submissions pages — you’ll have to ask. But it can’t hurt — I suspect most editors understand personal concerns and can help make the best judgment regarding whether a pseudonym works for their site.

      TWL Team

  • Purusottam Chuli says:

    i want to publish my articles on your websites.

  • Jennifer says:

    If you have a really interesting life experience to tell about and a sense of humor about it, Cracked.com is always looking for submissions for their Personal Experiences column. You can go to the their forums to get feedback, or submit a proposal of 6-7 bullet point paragraphs about things people wouldn’t expect or might be curious about learning about your life experience. If they are interested, a member of the PE team will contact you about either interviewing you or you writing an article, which will be edited into “Cracked style” before going up on the site. I published one about living with severe allergies to common substances, others have included being a mall cop, being a prostitute, being a member of the Viet Cong, researching pedophiles on the Dark Web, and growing up transgender, so a really wide array of life experience.

    They pay $100 for first time writers.

  • Sandra Cote says:

    This is a great list, but is their any magazines that accepts writing fiction short stories?

  • This is wonderful. I’ve always wanted this.

  • Amjad Javed Rahimi says:

    This is wonderful. I’ve always wanted this.
    This is a great list

  • Brain, Child:The Magazine for Thinking Mothers published personal essays related to motherhood. We have a current call for submissions for essays related to parenting teens as well as subject specific calls for submissions related to birthdays and grandparents. We pay. http://www.brainchildmag.com/about/writers-guidelines/


  • Wow I didn’t realize there were so many places that publish personal essays. I’ll definitely look into this, thanks.

  • JEBradstreet says:

    A much appreciated list 🙂 You are helpful.

  • jean gochros says:

    A wonderful list–thank you. Would appreciate knowing if there’s one that would consider humorous travel memoirs. My husband and I tried hard not to be “Ugly” Americans”: I don’t know how well we did at that, but I do know we succeeded in being pretty dumb ones.

  • Hi ! What magazine is the best for new authors ? Plese suggest me . Thx.

  • alison Figueroa says:

    Thank you for this information. This is especially good for people like me who are trying to get into the article writing business.

  • This is a wonderful site. To be sincere, I enjoy this site and I will make sure I post new articles to all the site that each member provided.

    I have been written more than 1,000 articles on marriage, prayer, faith, etc. but never got any money. Now that I know where I can get paid for my writing, I will visit them one-by-one.

    Thanks for this great information.

  • georges kassabgi. says:

    I have an essay — actually, I would like to refer to it as an Open Letter — titled “War and Peace” in which I outline what might be the cause of wars despite all the peace initiatives, songs, and prayers around the world. And how to address the missing item.
    Needless to say, this is not a magic formula but a long wnternational work ahead (probably for two or more generations).
    Where may I submit it?
    I have it as a Word document and do use in a few spots bold characters (fort the title) and italics (e.g. when referring to the title of a book).
    It is 2700 words long.
    In it, I mention a long essay (self-published book in 2012) as well as a companion YouTube channel (40 minutes, search rediscoverworldviews) I have produced in 2014.
    What should I do?

  • Thanks to this list last year, I was published by Luna Luna. Then HuffPo picked it up and invited me to be a blogger, where I spout my “wisdom” nowadays. Thank you Write Life.

  • Naeem Naveed says:

    i am from Pakistan, a research scholar, very much interested in writing articles on social issues.
    kindly let me know some specific criteria, like maximum words, topics that carry more interest and whether as writer, i be getting some thing in term of money.
    Prof; Naeem Naveed

  • Bun Karyudo says:

    I’ve bookmarked this as a particularly important post. What a great list. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Thanks for this helpful information. 🙂 — Suzanne Joshi

  • Looking for guest writers for my magazine “No Boundaries For Us” aimed at senior-aged travelers. It’s available for free online at http://NB4.US. For the April issue, I’m specifically looking for articles about camping and RV’ing; both domestically and internationally. Good photography would definitely be a plus, but I can supply stock if you don’t have any.
    If interested, visit the site above and fill out the response box at the bottom right of the page “Be A Contributor”. Deadline for this issue is March 14.

  • Thank you so much for this list! I am excited to pitch to some of these places, and I would have not known where to look, if it weren’t for this list.

  • If you have an article you want to publish , please contact me, I will see if i can help you. My magazine is http://www.madagascar-today.com

  • roger scott says:

    I need to find out a way to see about a ghost writter

  • John Myrianthousis says:

    Not a writer, just a citizen writing my own version of Justice and Democracy in the form of a book. I have some parts of it in the form of a few chapters. Would like to test the waters. Any ideas how I start? All suggestions welcome

  • Iquaibom Mfon says:

    Thank you for the article. I was wondering how well will an upcoming writer from Nigeria fair here

  • Sassan Tarzi says:

    Hi, thanks for such a wonderful website. I’ve turned so many stories into poetry. Besides, I’ve translated so many foreign stories into English. Are there any place to sell them? Really I have hundreds of them. I would be glad to have your guide.

    Thanks in advance.

    Sassan Tarzi

  • jamie says:

    I have been working on a memoir of depression and someone suggested submitting it to a magazine instead of trying to publish it ass book right away. Another suggested a medical journal or psychological journal, but I don’t think these will publish articles by non-medical professionals. It’s too long for Reader’s Digest (one of those who suggested this had a poem published there). I’m just afraid no one will read this way.

  • Rich Powell says:

    If you write short stories or poems, there’s also http://www.shortstories101.com which is a great place to submit your work. You can get feedback on your work in the form of reviews, recommendations, favourites, and more. 🙂

  • Smitasree Banerjee says:

    Hi, Lisa, this is smitasree from india.Today I find myself on the top of the world to have the clue to a new world of writing.From very early childhood it was my dream to think and to write.But as the days passed I became busy with my job and other commitments and I begin to think that I will never be able to make a bridge beteen the world and myself and had to live like a lagoon.But today I get the boat to sail in the sea of thoughts. Regards,

    • Smitasree Banerjee says:

      Hi lisa,I have already started working on the topics.Thank you so very much for the list of the magazines. Regards.

  • Pooja says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome list. Just one question. Do these websites accept poems too?

  • Jamie says:

    Looking for help getting an article posted about PTSD and my take as a veteran the article includesays my personal story. Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Cassie M. says:

    What a comprehensive list, thanks for taking the time to put this together!

  • Diane Mahn says:

    Not to be snarky, but I was browsing some of the sample stories offered on each site, starting with the first one on Toast, about the color of your urine. SERIOUSLY? Am I the only one who noticed that the first paragraph was, in fact just
    o n e E X T R E M E L Y l o n g s e n t e n c e ? THIS is the level of “excellence” being thrown out as a pitch sample article? It’s a great example of the train wreck that writing has become since people started babbling endlessly on their phones, without regard for punctuation, sentence structure, or even using FULL WORDS.
    When I was in college taking writing classes, turning in something like this would have resulted in my instructor saying “If this is the best you can do, then GET OUT OF MY CLASS”. I would think the reaction from an editor would be pretty much the same.

    • Cathy says:

      oneExtremelylongsentense is 4 words, not one.
      Not to be snarky, but as you progress in age and experience you’ll find that real life experiences are mostly very different from the theory we learn from instructors at school etc. – because they are teachers, paid to give us a foundation to build on. They are probably not editors, and often not aware of contemporary activities going on in the real world, and it’s impossible for them to cover every eventuality…
      Good job from your instructor though…

  • I would like to add another place to submit your essays. The Boston Globe has a column titled “My First Home” which runs every Sunday. I have published two essays in that column (I was able to convince the editor that I DID have two first homes.) Length is 550 words and pays $150. Good Luck!

  • RJ Raawat says:

    thank you so much for this info

  • shivika says:

    Hey, Hello! Everyone,

    Am from India, very much interested in writing, a Psychologist by profession having flair for writing on wide array of issues and observations like culture, arts, human mind, experiences and whatever intrigues my senses. Do help me out to know how to start publishing my writings.

    Looking forward for support and information.


    • Brett says:

      I suggest you publish with Knowledge Snap. It is completely free and the registration process is fast. All materials are accepted so your writing won’t be denied. You can get started at knowledgesnap.com/register/.


    We’re currently accepting submissions for Short Humor and Personal Essays. This is the Angry Dave Trading Post, not the Mommy Blog, so a sarcastic, sardonic tone works best. We like to look at the world through a cynical, yet funny, lens.

    We’re looking for pieces that cover current events, pop culture, entertainment, relationships, religion, politics and lifestyle, in a satirical or humorous way. There is really no set rule on length, but generally between 750-1500 words. If it’s funny and captivating, but doesn’t quite fit that mold, that’s fine too. It’s also not Buzzfeed, or the Huffington Post. Not only do we not have anywhere near their audience, we don’t give a shit what Kanye thinks about Clinton’s email server. The style tends to be satirical, snarky or otherwise irritated, but the humor still has to be there. Nothing sexist or racist. Political humor is fine as long as it’s not mean-spirited.

    Essays can be really any length as long as they’re interesting but generally no more than 2,500 words. Just remember, this isn’t The Atlantic. We’re not doing long-form journalism here. These are short essays that have a strong personal opinion. They can be on any subject as long as you’re passionate about it and the reader is entertained.


  • James says:

    The Antarctica Journal is another online news source with an active literary section that publishes submitted works including essays, short fiction, poetry, photography, and more. http://antarcticajournal.com

  • mannat says:

    hey Lisa
    i am indian amateur writer. i have written a lot of poetic stuff and also some writing pieces in a lot of languages. english too. do you think i would be able to get into some of these?

  • chun hin LOK says:

    I have three essays concern how to predict customer emotion to raise profit research. I plan to find different countries magazine publisher to help me to publish to earn income. How do you help me please

  • Hi Everyone,
    Bella Grace Magazine and its blog Grace Notes are also looking for personal essays. You can see complete submission details here: https://stampington.com/calls-and-challenges#gra. Stampington’s other titles also accept artwork submissions if you’re interested.

  • Anukul Das says:

    Hi, very nice and informative post. Recenty i have founded one more website for content submission http://www.samplediary.com . It is also a great website for high PR content submission.

  • This is from an Indian online magazine. We accepts original article on sports, health, fitness, food, lifestyle and travel. Only online submission. Check out at http://www.headlinersmag.com

  • Israel says:

    Does anyone know where I can publish satire for a bit of money?

  • Anna Gaskell says:

    I have written personal essays over the past years and a few poems, I have a story to tell. I was just wondering if anyone knows what my next step would to get them published or just seen by an audience, they need editing and looking over before I get too serious. The idea of a novel is one of my goals, but I need professional opinions on if my story is good enough.

    If you have any tips to give me or a direction, please email me!

  • I was looking for a journal to publish research article. There are huge number of online journals. All of them charge to publish the articles on their journal. This is a journal where in they have a fee waiver option. Responded the same day. They asked me about the dataset(the used variables alone) submission alone with the paper and work on to align the paper as mentioned in the Ms word Template and few changes. Happy to see a journal that publishes good research too.

  • I was looking for a journal to publish research article. There are huge number of online journals. All of them charge to publish the articles on their journal. This is a journal where in they have a fee waiver option. Responded the same day. They asked me about the dataset(the used variables alone) submission alone with the paper and work on to align the paper as mentioned in the Ms word Template and few changes. Happy to see a journal that publishes good research too. http://www.sarupub.org

  • Nathan Funk says:

    Does anyone accept phrases or qoutes.

  • Tyler says:

    Hi Rinika,

    So you want to publish an essay? Sounds great!

    You can easily publish your essay with Knowledge Snap. Just go to knowledgesnap.com/register/.

    Once you have created an account you can submit your essay for review and it will be published within 24 hours.

    I hope this helps.


  • Shivani says:

    Apart from articles I have some poems which I want to be published in a paid magazine… Where would i get them??

  • Terri Buzzelli says:

    I wrote an emotion piece about going to my estranged grandson’s graduation. I was a big part of his life for his first twleve years. I feel this is a timely piece with so many going through divorces. When two people part a relationship it ripples throughout the entire family. Grandparents become alienated.

    I don’t know the publication that would best suit this personal essay many would relate.

    • Amber Gold says:

      How can I get access to this piece for review?

      • Terri Buzzelli says:

        Thank you for your interest in my memior entitled: Time Evaporates. This is a heart rending story of attending my grandson’s graduation. Through divorce and games we have been estranged.

        The only way to get this memior is for me to e-mail or snail mail it to you. I don’t get to my emails often due to work and family.

      • marcelle says:

        You might try the special print issue of Brain Child called Brain Teen — For parents (and grandparents of teens)

  • Anula says:

    Can there be confessions which would be acceptable?

  • Jennica Pierre says:

    I have write a essay, and i want to publish it but I have no idea how to do that, and I think it will inspired many people to follow their dream. have any idea of how I can do that? I’m only 15 and i want to build a brand among people around me and inspired them to be what they want to be.

  • Loredana Kaminski says:

    Hi All and thanks so much for the wonderful information. I live in South African, any suggestions?

  • This is from an Indian online magazine. We accepts original article on sports, health, fitness, food, lifestyle and travel. Only online submission

  • Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for the list – it is wonderful! Gives a writer a great place to start.

  • rehan khalid says:

    i feel much happy to find such a useful site ….. it will prove very useful for me…..thnx a lot

  • James Wason says:

    Very good resource Lisa. This helped me a lot. submitted articles to you some of the websites and waiting for them to accept now.

  • arnoldzamata1 says:

    I am looking for writers who can post on several sites related to travel, I need to publish an article and I have a medium budget adjusted, if anyone has any relation of sites dodne publishes could send to me, adrianozetaz@gmail.com, dodne sites may be my related article to Trips to machupicchu

  • Claire says:

    Thank you for this great list!

    Do you know of other British sites or mags that publish personal essays? While I’m happy writing for American sites, there are sometimes angles or issues that work best for a British audience.


  • Andrew Paul says:

    Wow, what an informative blog about publishing essays and stories. I think you should also add Highlightstory “http://highlightstory.com/” for great short stories. I found this website very useful, hope you will as well.

  • Thanks for the list. If the sites (or any of them), work for me I shall come back to thank you. But sure, you have pushed me to pitch to them.

  • Yoga Dad says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Great list, thanks! Mind Body Green is a wellness site that accepts submissions.
    Yoga Dad

  • jane cohen says:

    This is all great information but I’m not looking for payment. I have a fascinating personal medical story by a Wall Street powerhouse, about a little-known condition that is more prevalent that Parkinson’s and how she’s dealt with it through a very high profile career. Do magazines like Vogue and Glamour accepts personal stories? What about inflight magazines?

  • Sam Stayer says:

    Good selection, thanks! In ksliby you wrote a list of free sites for the submission of articles would be very cool. Thank you! http://webiprog.com

  • Alex says:

    This is a wonderful list. I am starting up a website that accepts submissions as well. It’s a left-leaning political blog that accepts all manner of submissions from personal essays to more quantitative reporting.
    See more details here: https://www.conspot.news/submissions/

  • essay writer says:

    You have mentioned great sources to publish the essay but most of the sources you mentioned do not accept it easily even you write quality content.They mostly like something new and innovative that help their businesses as well.
    I never got feedback form nytimes,forbes and huffington especially.

  • Eden Boudreau says:

    Loved this! Thank you, very helpful but is there any publications you know of in Canada?

  • That is a great resource. Huffington Post allows you to post articles via its newly created platform but majority of people are not even aware of the fact that these posts will never get indexed by search engines so basically, they will not drive any traffic. It is such a shame.

  • Would love to get the NY Times

  • Jen says:

    The Chaos Journal of Personal Narrative publishes personal essays.

  • Again informative blog, i have a list of notes and essays on different different subjects this will help me to reach the targeted audience

  • I’m a post writer. I’ve written some articles of interest. My interest is submission; how, where? I have no interest on all types of advertisement; therefore, a direct submission e-mail would be appreciated. I know my writing potential and my articles have always been published with positive comments. The newspaper I used to write for has folded.

  • Ambar Januel says:

    Thanks for sharing! We also accept article submissions: http://www.janueljohnson.com/submit-an-article

  • David says:

    Points in Case publishes comedy articles at http://www.pointsincase.com/submissions

    They’ve been very receptive to my offbeat and weird ideas. But I think they also do lists and stuff.

  • Mary Ellen Collins says:

    Has anyone had any luck with Dame magazine?
    I followed their query directions and queried on March 9. Sent a follow-up on May 3. No response at all. So frustrating!

  • Thanks so much for this list! I’m definitely going to look into some of these as I’m looking to branch out and write for other publications rather than just my own blog.

  • Thanks so much for this Great list!

  • Mary M says:

    Media.com accepts articles.

  • Janice says:

    We also just established an online publication for short stories and advice column. Pooling writers now at starvedforlove.com

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